Effort to delegitimize 14th Amendment is scary

Editor,

As one who thinks about himself as a Republican, I fear my thoughts may be too late.

I am for strong borders and legitimate immigration, but I am troubled by two issues. The first is the 14th Amendment. Why, you might ask? My great grandfather immigrated to America from Germany in 1847 to farm in Will County, Ill., and may have never become a citizen, as he was dedicated to raising a family of eight girls and two boys.

One of those girls was my grandmother, and because she was born on American soil became a citizen. Thank you, 14th Amendment. Extrapolate that out. If the 14th was not adopted, my grandmother may never have become a citizen either! It chills me to think without that amendment, I may be an illegitimate immigrant, too.

I know that is pretty preposterous, but the other issue that troubles me are the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, a gift of the French government and paid for by pennies collected in public schools by students.

Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to be free.

The wretched refuse of your

Teeming shore, Send these, the

Homeless, tempest tossed to me, I lift

My lamp beside the golden door!

Ponder those precious words.

Robert Becker

Watervliet

A super job by BC Drain Commission, Lincoln Twp.

Editor,

I’m writing to recognize an excellent job performed by Lincoln Township and the Berrien County Drain Commission.

The recent high winds fell a tree in my backyard ravine, effectively damming the creek in an area which is already routinely prone to flooding. I did not have the means to clear to blockage myself. Lincoln Township referred me to Jackie at the drain commission, who a short one week later sent a contractor, Kyle Stahl, to address the problem.

I couldn’t be more pleased and would be remiss if I failed to acknowledge their good work.

Roland Hill

Stevensville